13 Aug 2016

Stuart Firestein: ignorance, failure, and how we smell

From Saturday Morning, 10:12 am on 13 August 2016
Stuart Firestein

Stuart Firestein. Photo: supplied

Kim Hill talks to neuroscientist Dr Stuart Firestein, Chair of Columbia University's Department of Biological Sciences, whose lab studies the vertebrate olfactory system, seeking answers to the question: how do I smell?

He is the author of two books on the workings of science: Ignorance, How it Drives Science, and Failure: Why Science is So Successful, and is the presenter of three public talks on the nature of scientific practice for this year's Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2016 at the University of Auckland.